WDFW has scheduled a public meeting to present an overview of the Washington CARES Act Seafood Disaster Relief Spending Plan and to answer questions about the application on February 23 at 5:30 to 7:30 pm. The Zoom link to attend the meeting can be found here.
On February 10, Alaska government officials announced that non-resident seafood workers are now eligible to receive the COVID-19 vaccine. Previously, only Alaska-resident seafood workers were eligible. As it currently stands, seafood workers aged 50 and over qualify to receive the vaccine. A story in the Anchorage Daily News regarding the change in policy can be found here. Alaska officials are scheduled to provide an update on COVID-19 protective measures at the United Fishermen of Alaska Board meeting on February 17 - 18. This is a highly fluid situation, and PSVOA will post additional updates here as significant developments occur.
On February 9, the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) announced that applications for Washington residents and seafood businesses that suffered economic losses due to the COVID-19 pandemic may now submit applications for economic relief to the Pacific States Marine Fisheries Commission (“PSMFC”). This includes Washington residents who commercially fish in Alaska and Washington. WDFW’s press release can be found here. As mentioned above, the PSMFC will be administering the program. Here is a link to PSMFC’s website. The application materials on PSMFC’s website can be found here. The application deadline is March 25, 2021. Specific questions about the application and eligibility criteria are best directed to PSMFC. Alaska’s Cares Act Seafood Disaster Relief spending plan is awaiting approval by NOAA Fisheries, which will also be administered by PSMFC.
The BBR Board of Directors has canceled the 2020 BBR Annual Meeting in accordance with Governor Jay Inslee’s restrictions on in-person gatherings due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.
The PSVOA Board of Directors has canceled the 2020 PSVOA/SVR Annual Meeting previously scheduled on November 14, 2020, in accordance with Governor Jay Inslee’s restrictions on in-person gatherings due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. SVR members will receive a copy of the 2019 SVR Financial Report by U.S. Mail by the end of October.
The Sullivan campaign’s press release announcing PSVOA’s endorsement can be found here.
On September 9, the White House announced $530 million dedicated to USDA’s Seafood Trade Relief Program (STRP). The STRP provides payments to eligible commercial fishermen of seafood commodities that have been impacted by trade actions of foreign governments resulting in the loss of exports. The Farm Service Agency (FSA) administers STRP on behalf of the Commodity Credit Corporation (CCC). Payments are for the purpose of expanding or aiding in the expansion of domestic markets for U.S. caught and sold seafood. The seafood species supported by this program include: salmon, Dungeness crab, sablefish, squid, pollock, Pacific Cod, and tuna among others. Eligible STRP production includes the marine species harvested in calendar year 2019. Fishermen can submit online applications for relief under this program beginning on September 14 through December 14. Fishermen are to apply through their local USDA service center. Application forms, local USDA Service Center location information, and other useful information about the Program can be found on the USDA’s website. Additional information about the Program can be found in the Federal Register Notice of Funding.